Delores Walker, age 75, tells the story of a 4-year-old who looked up at her and said, “Are you old?” As his mother gasped, Delores knelt down beside him and said, “Well, yes, I am.” He asked, “How come?” To which she replied, “Because I’ve lived a long time.” The little boy smiled and said, “OK.”
And — IT IS OK! — readers tell me.
Phil Carson says he gets up in the morning, thanks the Lord for a good life and proceeds to have a great day — every day.
Peggy Heller, a petroleum land man, says she is 78 and not only working, but working harder and being busier than she has ever been.
Lea Anderson observes the younger generation appears to be fearful of growing older, and she believes this can cause hopelessness in an already high-pressure existence to succeed and remain “beautiful.” She wrote, “Yes, we would prefer lovely, tight, clear skin, BUT some of us would not exchange that for the peace and wisdom of our age!”
Georgiana Stewart and her friend Marge are the classmates who organize their high school reunions. “Though many of us are challenged with health problems and aging, we just keep returning to have that wonderful feeling of seeing old friends again.” They will celebrate their 58th this September.
Dick Sternlof still works part time, is active with the Stephen Ministry leadership at his church and enjoys cruises with his wife, Beverly.
Coy Meeks, 75, still rides his Harley, has renewed a love of photography and updated his camera equipment. He has enrolled in a course in vocational welding — with no intention of becoming a welder — and has bought a motor home and plans to travel.
Jack Casto reads The Oklahoman online. He is 82 and tells me he is “one of the young ones” in his senior adult Sunday school class at Bartlesville’s First Baptist Church.
“How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you were?” Satchel Paige asked. Obviously these readers do not let the number of years determine how they spend the years they have.
Charlotte Lankard is a licensed marriage and family therapist in private practice. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.